Evolution of the handgun

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    Evolution of the handgun

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    Quite a few guns there that I don't quite agree with, such as the two Smith semi's, and a couple of Smith modern revolvers. As nice as the newish S&W revolvers are they are still just revolvers and thus haven't really "evolved" IMO.
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    Like the rifle timeline its' fun and thought-provoking.

    Don't know why the Remington .41 double derringer is on it at all. The K-Frame Smith & Wesson revolver is left off while the Model 686 is included. It's only a reconfigured continuation of older Smith & Wesson design and the .357 Magnum didn't originate with the Model 686.

    For that matter, where's the Colt Model 1889 New Navy revolver which was the very first revolver with swing-out cylinder design? That concept originated the most popular way to build double-action revolvers. The Colt Model 1917 was a much later variation of the original Model 1889 concept.

    The Webley revolver was a bit more than just a footnote in handgun development.

    We see both the Smith & Wesson Models 59 and 910. This is effectively a duplication of a basic design.

    Since the top of the page is dominated by two 1911s, the design didn't have to be included.
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